2006-07: Appeared in all 82 games for Florida for the second consecutive season and eclipsed the 40-point mark (14g-30a-44pts) for the second time in two seasons as a Panther… Posted a career-high seven power-play goals… Scored his 300th career NHL goal on April 7 at Carolina… Skated in his 1200th NHL game on March 3 vs. Tampa Bay… Recorded his 600th career NHL point (assist) on Oct. 21 at Atlanta.
CAREER NOTES: Has advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals on four occasions (1990 with Edmonton, 1994 with Vancouver, 2002 with Carolina and 2004 with Calgary), capturing the trophy in his first full NHL season (1989-90) with Edmonton… Established a Florida franchise record with a career-high +27 rating in 2005-06… Also posted career-highs in penalty minutes (80) and shots (186) in 2005-06… Tallied his 300th NHL assist on Feb. 11, 2006 at Buffalo… Played the 2004-05 season with Morges (Swiss-2) and joined HC Lugano (Swiss) for the end of the regular season and playoffs… Set an NHL playoff record in 2003-04 with three overtime series-winning goals. Became the second player in league history to score three series-winning goals in a playoff year… Posted playoff career-highs in goals (8), assists (7) and points (15) in 2004 with Calgary, ranking second on the club in goals and third in points… Tied for third on the 2003-04 Flames in goals (17) and power-play goals (5)… Scored a goal in his 1000th career NHL game on Dec. 9, 2003 at Minnesota… Ranked third on Calgary in assists (31) in 2002-03… Following the 2001-02 season, helped the Carolina Hurricanes advance to the Stanley Cup Finals and scored the clinching goal in overtime of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Toronto… Appeared in his 100th career NHL playoff game on April 19, 2002 vs. New Jersey… Ranked second on the 2000-01 Carolina Hurricanes with 23 goals… Tied for Carolina’s team lead in games played (81) in 1999-00… Opened the 1997-98 season with Vancouver before a January trade to Carolina… Posted career-highs in goals (35), assists (33) and points (68) in 1996-97 with Vancouver… Awarded Vancouver’s 1996-97 Cyclone Taylor Trophy (team MVP), Molson Cup Award and the Canucks Most Exciting Player award… Tallied two hat tricks 21 days apart in 1996-97: Feb. 6 at Detroit and a four-goal/five-point game on Feb. 27 vs. Phoenix… Tallied career-highs in shorthanded tallies (4) and game-winning goals (5) in 1995-96… After the 1993-94 season, helped Vancouver advance to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals… Joined the Canucks via waivers from Quebec on Jan. 15, 1994… Helped Edmonton defeat Boston in the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals following his first full season in the NHL (1989-90)… Recorded his first NHL hat trick on March 4, 1990 vs. Vancouver… Made his NHL debut with Edmonton on Oct. 7, 1988 and appeared in six games with the Oilers before returning to play for Hull (QMJHL) in 1988-89.
AMATEUR: Played two seasons (1987-89) with the Hull Olympiques of the QMJHL, netting 101 goals and 107 assists (101g-107a-208pts) in 106 games… Captured the QMJHL championship in 1988 with Hull… Named the QMJHL Rookie of the Year and the Canadian Hockey League Rookie of the Year in 1988 after his first season with Hull… Also named a First Team QMJHL All-Star and was awarded the George Parsons Trophy (as the Memorial Cup tournament’s most sportsmanlike player) in 1988.
BACKGROUND: Enters the 2007-08 NHL season as the most-experienced player (1,216 NHL games/37 years old) to don a Nashville sweater… Played on a line with Adam Graves and Joe Murphy dubbed “The Kid Line” during the Oilers’ 1990 playoff run… An avid fisherman… Spends his summers in Calgary… Favorites include sushi and Italian (food), Garth Brooks (band/musician)… His favorite player growing up was Montreal great Guy Lafleur… Nickname, “Gelly”… Wife – Jane; Son – Matthew; Daughter – Morgan and Cameron.
TRANSACTIONS: July 26, 2007 – Signed as a free agent by Nashville… Aug. 2, 2005 – Signed as a free agent by Florida... July 2, 2002 – Signed as a free agent by Calgary… Jan. 3, 1998 – Acquired by Carolina along with Kirk McLean from Vancouver for Sean Burke, Geoff Sanderson and Enrico Ciccone… Jan. 15, 1994 – Claimed on waivers by Vancouver from Quebec… June 20, 1993 – Acquired by Quebec along with a sixth-round choice in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft (Nicholas Checco) from Edmonton for Scott Pearson… Aug. 9, 1988 – Acquired by Edmonton along with Jimmy Carson and first-round choices in 1989 (traded to New Jersey; New Jersey selected Jason Miller), 1991 (Martin Rucinsky) and 1993 (Nick Stadjuhar) and cash from Los Angeles for Wayne Gretzky, Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley… June 11, 1988 – Los Angeles’ first choice, seventh overall (first round), in 1992 NHL Entry Draft.